Friday, January 25, 2008

Filth Falls

Some good news for a change. Damn, I hate it when someone beats me to a story, but I'll survive.
Deliberate trash-tossing has fallen about 2 percent a year since the mid-'70s in communities where it's been measured.

On U.S. beaches, cigarette butts, beverage cans and Styrofoam peanuts for packaging are down, cleaners say. In most communities, pooper-scooper laws now make carefree strolls possible. Even along roadsides, more of what's visible today is grass.

Remarkably, the improvements come despite an increase of 90 million in the U.S. population since widespread trash surveying began in 1974.

It reminded me of a post I've been meaning to do. So I can trump being beaten. Muahaha.

Enter The Population Explosion by Paul and Anne Ehrlich from Amazon for as little as $0.01. Published in 1990, its a sequel to The Population Bomb by Paul R. Ehrlich published in 1968 which, interestingly enough, is at Amazon for $11.64.

Now, having gotten all that shit out of the way, we move on.

Ehrlich has been attacked continually since his first book was published.

"This theory is ridiculous."

"overpopulation is not a fact."

"What a scare monger."

Well, folks lets just see if the guy is a complete fool. Shall we?

40 countries face food shortages worldwide

There are other such stories which boil down to: If there are crop shortages for any reason, the world can't feed the people it has. And countries are now diverting food crops to fucking biofuels. Great idea there. - Water shortages will leave world in dire straits

Again, many other such stories. Basically, potable water is being used faster than earth can provide it.

Ah ha! Peak Oil: Life After the Oil Crash

Climate Ark: Climate Change and Global Warming Portal

Dying Oceans, Poisoned Seas - TIME

American Lung Association: SOTA05 Health Effects

National parks aim to ease overuse - State & National

Too many goddamn people are taxing the planet and, to my knowledge, only China is trying to mitigate the problem with their "one child per couple" mandate.

I've posted on this before in the form of "replacing yourself" which doesn't work at all.

This is a relatively old paper from Yale, but germane nevertheless.

Need I go on or have I made my fucking point? Just asking.

Courtesy link to Bad Attitudes.



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